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May 05, 2010

You Don't Flock With A Streak

One tradition in baseball is that you don't flock with a streak. So with that in mind, will try and fill you in on what's going on in Daytona Beach tonight.

FIU is taking on Bethune Cookman in a mid-week game.

In the Panthers lineup, the guy batting third just hit a 2-run HR to give him a hit in every game this season. He has played 39 games.

Of course, if you follow baseball you know that "flock" is not the correct word used in the phrase that is the title of this post. But this is a PG-rated blog.

May 04, 2010

On To New Orleans

Here's an update for you on how the NFL rookie camps went for some former Panthers.Spoon

Jeremiah Weatherspoon (right) is on his way to New Orleans to workout for the Saints after spending last weekend in Cincinnati with the Bengals rookies.

JW would have skipped the Saints workout if he had signed with the Bengals, but that was not the case.

Andy Leavine might next visit the St. Louis Rams or Jacksonville Jaguars camps after his weekend with the Dolphins. Contrary to initial reports, AL was invited to workout for Miami, but was not signed.

No word yet from Detroit on how Armond Willis' workout went.

Still out there and not really sure why they have not received any looks are FIU's all-time leading tackler Scott Bryant and punter Carlos Munera.

Tv When I get more info I will post it on here for you.


Tied with Arkansas State at 12-9 for fifth in the Sun Belt standings, the Panthers and the Red Wolves will be featured as the Sun Belt Network's Baseball Game of the Week this Saturday afternoon.

You can catch the 4 p.m. game locally on CSS (Comcast Sports Southeast).


Devonta Abron -- the No. 12 power forward in the nation -- will make his decision this summer instead of this week on where he will play collegeDa basketball this coming fall.

Abron (right) is being recruited by FIU, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Alabama and West Virginia.

The decision will come around the same time that we find out if FIU gets an early "Christmas" present. So there could be a couple of gifts under the blue & gold tree by August.

May 03, 2010

Where FIU baseball stands

FIUBase On the whole, a decent weekend for the Golden Panthers, who took two of three from ULM at home.

Of course, the sweep would have been nice -- and considering FIU rallied from five runs down Sunday afternoon, only to lose in the 11th, it was certainly within the realm of possibility -- but a series win is better than the alternative.

That puts FIU at 25-18, and in a three-way tie for fifth in the Sun Belt at 12-9, although only 3.5 games behind conference-leading FAU (29-15, 17-7). The magic number to get into the SBC tourney is 15 wins, Turtle Thomas says, so that seems pretty safe.

The NCAA at-large picture for FIU is a bit muddled, however. Considering their RPI (74), the Panthers' chances look slim on the surface. But the Panthers are 3-4 against the top 50, and 10-14 against the top 100, and the Sun Belt is the fifth-toughest conference in the country, so it's certainly possible that three SBC teams could get in.

But work certainly remains.

The good news is FIU will have ample opportunity to earn its way in. The Golden Panthers are at Bethune-Cookman (RPI: 107) Wednesday and then finish the season with conference series against Arkansas State (88), South Alabama (59) and FAU (30), all of which would make the SBC Tournament if the season ended today.

Educated guess: If FIU can manage to finish the regular season 7-3, the Panthers likely would end up third or fourth in the conference to end the season. That, and a run to the conference tournament finals, would likely get them in.

Of course, it would all be moot should they win it all.


May 02, 2010


FIU going for the sweep this afternoon against ULM as Scott Rembisz takes the ball for the Panthers.Jab

FIU wearing their "The Natural" throwback unis (right) today as has become the custom for Sunday home games. That's Jabari Henry on the right. (Thanks, Alex J. Hernandez photo)

Getting ready for the 1st pitch in less than 10 minutes.

May 01, 2010


The second game of the 3-game set between FIU and ULM is just a few minutes away. Aaron Arboleya is on the hill for the Panthers tonight.

I'm going to try and start a consecutive blog streak without mentioning the Dazzlers and see if I can Daz challenge Garrett Wittels's Sun Belt and FIU hitting streak record of 36 games with GW going for game No. 37 tonight.

As you will see by the photo on the left here of today's audition where I was a guest judge -- I have no shot of catching GW. Thanks Alex J. Hernandez for the photo. 

Let's go blogging....

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